Holycross receives 2016 SCICU Excellence in Teaching award

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Mark Holycross, Professor of Physical Science and Physics, was honored with the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award at a reception and dinner April 12.

The Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes dedicated and committed faculty from 20 SCICU member institutions who work one-on-one with students whom they also serve as advisers, mentors and friends.

Holycross came to Spartanburg Methodist College in 2007 after a distinguished 20-year career as an engineering scientist in the private sector. His research led to numerous publications, presentations and patents for the imaging industry.

“We are fortunate that Mark’s career path led him to the college classroom where he encourages and enables students to study science and pursue careers in science and technology,” said Dr. Ann Bowles, Vice President for Academic Affairs at SMC.

Holycross’ creativity in teaching difficult concepts, consistent involvement in campus life outside the classroom and engagement with the students he advises were cited as additional reasons he was deserving of the SCICU award, which includes a $3,000 professional development grant.

“Among an outstanding faculty, Mark’s quiet leadership and steadfast devotion to his students, advisees and the college are characteristics worthy of not only this award, but the admiration and respect of the community,” said President Scott Cochran. “It’s a pleasure to work with a colleague of his caliber.”

“I am honored to be Spartanburg Methodist College’s recipient of the SCICU Excellence in Teaching award this year,” said Holycross. “It means a great deal to be recognized by my peers for this award.”

Holycross holds B.A. degrees in physics and mathematics from the University of Findlay and a Master of Science in physics from the University of Toledo.